[Archive] Up, up the ziggurat lickety split

Vogon:

I didn’t actually see this myself at games day but this looks like it has potential for use as a chaos dwarf ziggurat when it gets finished and released.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25309399@N07/8016336671/in/photostream

I’m thinking about the Armies on Parade next year :slight_smile:

What do you guys all think?

Cheers

Vogon

MLP:

That looks really great, is it meant to be a Necron temple or something? I don’t remember seeing it either. I think your army defintely would look great on the board, get it made man!

Vogon:

Allegedly it’s a Necron Realm of Battle board piece which will be released to coincide with the Necron’s Imperial Armour book.

Not sure on the timescale but looks like fun.

Skink:

I suppose that the thing is going to be extremely tough to convert once finished. Most likely is going to be covered in cables, necron runes and metal (if you are imagining it made with rocks or bricks).

That said, the basic design is fantaboulous & well suits CDs! It is very easy to cut and shape polystyrene so give it a try man!!!

Nicodemus:

I think this is a great idea as a starting point - but I’d go back to basics, buy some insulation foam and start from scratch. I saw this picture a few days ago and was thinking that it has a fantastic layout for a segment of a Chaos Dwarf city, looking like it has been continually built up, expanded and such over time. It’d also work great to have something like this as a starting point for a larger project :wink: Start out with just one 2’x2’ section, once that’s done you have 4 sides from which to expand your imagination as time allows! Gasp! I may have just done myself in.

Vogon:

Nicodemus, that sounds an even better (and cheaper) idea.

I feel a project coming on.

Does anyone know where I can get this stuff in the UK (Derbyshire) I tried Hobby Craft (the UK equivalent of Michael’s for our US friends) but with no joy.

Cheers

Vogon

zobo1942:

Any home-renovation store should stock it - it’s insulation foam boards used to insulate your home. They usually come in 2’ x 8’ sheets.

Nicodemus:

Yes, zobo1942 is right on the money. The big sheets of insulation foam are super cheap. Just stock up on X-acto blades if you want nice smooth cuts, and slice it in steady even strokes. Sawing up and down will cause tears. Anyway, check and see what density their insulation foam is. I don’t recall the exact details, but up until about 2 years ago Pink Panther foam that was supplied to Home Depot in canada was of the perfect density to cut easily. Now all of their stuff is much more dense (the cavities in the foam are much smaller) and it makes it very difficult to cut even with a fresh X-acto blade! A new blade should slice into it like it’s a thick pudding. If you meet resistance, like trying to cut a bagel open with a butter knife, and you’re sure you have a sharpe blade, then you’ve got the higher density stuff. This higher density stuff is even harder to cut with a hot wire and I now avoid it like the plague. I only ever use it for filling in gaps where I don’t need nice smooth cuts.

~N

cornixt:

You might have to go to a specialist insulation place. I tried getting this stuff in the UK in Homebase and B&Q about ten years ago and none of them stocked it, only a much lighter type than was too holey. The local GW used it for their boards and gave me the address of the place they got it (in Kent) but I didn’t have a car so it was too hard to get to and I never bothered in the end.

zobo1942:

I use the higher-density blue foam. It can be difficult to cut, but if you use a hot wire cutter (if you’d in Canada, go to the flower section at Michael’s - they’re about 10 bucks).

I use this stuff because, for the majority of the pieces I make, I use a piece of aggregate concrete to transfer the texture onto thinly-sliced pieces cut into tiles or bricks which I glue to a substructure made of foamcore.